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In its “practical directions” for reading the Catechism the authors have placed a brief instruction: This catechism is conceived as an organic presentation of the Catholic faith in its entirety. It should be seen therefore as a unified whole. Numerous cross-references in the margin of the text (numbers found at the end of a sentence referring to other paragraphs that deal with the same theme), as well as the analytical index at the end of the volume, allow the reader to view each theme in its relationship with the entirety of the faith. [1] What is the meaning of such... Read more
Once on a hot summer day in France, I hiked a winding path with some companions all the way to the very source of a small stream. Having grown hot and tired from our hike, our local guides instructed us to rest a few moments and refresh ourselves at the spring. I hesitated as I watched the others drink confidently, even eagerly. The closest I had ever come to drinking untreated water was in sipping from the garden hose! Their beckoning won me over, however, and I joined them. We drank the cold flowing water made all the more delicious... Read more
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This article explores chapters 10-11 of the Directory for Catechesis. Catechesis at the Service of the Inculturation of the Faith At the press conference to present the new Directory for Catechesis (2020), Archbishop Rino Fisichella, presid ent of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, stated, “The need for a new directory was born of the process of incultur ation which characterizes catechesis in a particular way and which, especially today, demands a special focus.” [1] The preface sets forth the reasons f or producing a third catechetical directory for the universal Church at this particular time,... Read more
This article explores chapters 7-8 of the Directory for Catechesis. Introduction and Context It is now twenty-three years since I eagerly read the last General Directory for Catechesis and made efforts to implement its teachings within the catechetical programs in some of the Catholic schools in Australia. Much has changed in our world since 1997, and the new Directory for Catechesis has achieved an outstanding synthesis of what was sound and helpful in the earlier document, while taking us forward with new and profound insights for today. In this article, l will be addressing the essential contents of chapters seven... Read more
This article explores chapters 5-6 of the Directory for Catechesis. When we have reached chapters five and six in the Directory we would be forgiven for being tempted to jump nimbly over these two chapters into the details of methodological considerations so amply provided in chapter seven and the focus on different groups to whom we minister in chapter eight. We have already received the Directory ’s account of catechetical goals, both ultimate and proximate; we have benefitted from a rich account of the person of the catechist and of the catechist’s formation needs. We know the tasks of catechesis... Read more